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High school dropouts--Education--United States; High school dropouts--Education; Self-efficacy; Teachers--Self-rating of; United States;


The purpose of this study was to replicate phase one of Gibson and Dembo's (1984) construct validation study of the Teacher Efficacy Scale with alternative high school instructors. Replication of Gibson and Dembo's factor analytic structure of this instrument with alternative educators would provide a basis upon which to make comparisons between regular and alternative educators' self efficacy.

Subjects for the study were 77 alternative educators in a rural midwestern state. Each alternative teacher taught in the continuation school model of alternative education which addressed the needs of dropout youth and students identified as being in danger of dropping out. The members of the sample were surveyed by means of a personal data sheet which provided demographics concerning the included instructors and the Teacher Efficacy Scale developed by Gibson and Dembo in 1984.

The data were statistically analyzed in accordance with the procedures outlined by the study under replication. Although the original study reported two main factors, the current study reported five. The resulting factor analytic structure revealed that, of the nine items found to load on Factor 1 in the original study, five did the same in the current study. In the same manner, of the seven items found to load on Factor 2 in the original study, five were found to do the same in the current study. The basic similarity in item loadings reflected probable similarities in the self-efficacy outlooks of the two types of teachers. Therefore, further research is warranted to investigate these similarities.

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Specialist in Education


Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations, and Leadership Studies


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

Ralph Scott


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